DJ and mental health: the last taboo of electronic music.


DJ and mental health: the last taboo of electronic music.

In modern culture, the challenge of being a performer is often popularized; More than the musicians in real life talk about. In the Berlin telephone programme, only DJ Ickarus (aka Paul Kalkbrenner) was mentioned, because he adopted the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, and they succumbed to mental illness. In other words, Frankie Wilde played a role in “Pete Tong,” and he lost his sense of self-identity by losing his hearing in Internet addiction. However, when we cheerfully in the fiction, large screen dance music before supplier make faces, the mental health problems in real life is not a funny thing. A quarter of us will struggle with mental health at some point in our lives. However, a small number of people in the DJ community have spoken publicly. What about the popularity of concert Tours? Why is it the last taboo to be broken? We talked to DJ veterans Joost van Bellen and Jeremy p. Caulfield about this sensitive topic.

Aim for the stars

Close to the end of Dom Phillips’s 2009 book, Superstar DJs Here We Go! (the rise and fall of superstar DJS) is the story of sasha vujacic, and how he struggled to cope with the pressure from the industry at the height of his career, releasing music. After several singles and countless remixes, he hasn’t released an album – a record he has always confirmed is about to be released. “Muzik went to New York to interview him. ‘sasha has proved elusive,’ phillips wrote. “The ultimate function is called the lost weekend. When Muzik saw him in New York last time, he was half way under the bed at the Soho Grand Hotel, waving a two-liter bottle of vodka in one hand and a garbage can in the other.

While we might mock sasha’s rock habits in his career, it’s clearly not a healthy person’s behavior. Due to the time constraints, the pressure is large, the audience overreacts, the behavior of Sasha becomes unreasonable and the behavior is unreasonable. These particular patterns of behavior are characteristic of many artists in the music domain. When stress starts, fatigue causes mental health to begin to suffer. This is especially true if you can easily get too much alcohol and drugs.

“… After a rather exhausting trip, I came back, just nonstop – anxious… ”

Press coverage

Media interviews are more candid than ever. Many times artists talk about their childhood, contact and drug use. Yet they rarely talk about the spiritual challenges that must be addressed. The topics can be considered very personal. There are a few people sailing against the water. Dutch DJ Laidback Luke is one of them.

“I was tired twice in my life and I felt tired when I was 20. I was tired when I was 30. “Laidback Luke posted the” OnlyTheBeat “online. For a small documentary, my son DJ, the Dutch DJ has further elaborated on the latter. Luke’s 2010 Dutch art home has the most international bookings (150 in a year) – the excessive travel schedule, and the collapse of his marriage that led to the second phase of burnout. “I was sitting on the bus and enjoying my time,” he explained. “I just wanted to scream in the bus because I was just crazy.” This is not just a response from a physically tired person, but a more complex one, sometimes misunderstood; Neurasthenia.

When we get sick, we can see a doctor or take drugs, but the brain problem is harder to solve. German house DJ, motown drum ensemble, is honest and extensively talks about the anxiety of his recent resident adviser documentary. “Once, after a rather tiring journey, I came back, just nonstop – anxious,” he admitted candidly. This realization has led the DJ to reduce the tour’s commitment to improve his health.

For everyone who tries to acknowledge their own health problems, there are countless examples. Take the sad story of the American house producer, Gemini. Spencer Kinsey. Luke Solomon in the “resident advisers” podcast about Kinsey, during this period, he describes how the Kinsey “decided to pull out the society, there is no fixed residence, is no longer a part of the music industry, he don’t want to be a part of the world – this is his choice and mental illness, this is a factor. Although this is a very intense example, it only emphasizes the extent to which mental illness can affect a person’s life. Things that don’t get our attention can slip easily.


Christina villarreal, a mental health check in Oakland, talks about the psychological problems of celebrities who can be examined in an article in a different point in their careers. Villarreal listed the following points:

– no privacy: a suffocating environment can lead individuals to behave in an unusual way, such as “bad sex drive, explosive eruption or uncontrolled substance abuse”.

– loss of self-awareness: this may lead individuals to make choices that no longer reflect their true selves.

The challenge of failure: a problem that can lead to successful people, constantly seeking new challenges, and becoming more successful.

-Imposter syndrome: when a person feels they may not be suitable for a job, the problem may lead to a lack of it.

– pursue the media focus on immortality: the universal problem that leads artists to limit themselves to the greatest extent, to ensure that they remain famous forever.

You can apply any of these problems to a certain number of DJS. Obviously, as the article begins, when sasha pushed herself through the Xpander period, the lack of privacy and lack of self-awareness brought great pressure on the welsh DJ.

A similar article was written to the NHS senior nurse, Jacqui Jedrzejewski, when he wrote about the health problems of the roving DJ. In addition to a variety of physical ailments, such as back and tinnitus, Barnes points out that a consistent tour and the effects of jet lag can lead to “a broad impact on the physical and mental health of the individual”. “Being separated from friends, or isolated from the world, feeling lonely or misunderstood, can lead to depression very quickly,” he said, referring to depression.

I spoke to Gordon Shippey, an American psychotherapist and consultant, about the dangers facing people exposed to excessive fame. “A fan base near at hand can cause problems. A reliable explanation for why we see stars performing poorly is that they can’t be wrong in the eyes of their fans. A large part of narcissism is the expansion of self-consciousness. But for those who are legitimately famous, their fan base reinforces the feeling. ”

“I know those DJS who are anxious and frustrated, and even if they play at clubs or music festivals, they get paranoid.”


Joost van Bellen is the legend of Dutch dance music. The 54-year-old DJ, one of the agitators for the Dutch music movement, is known nationally for helping to set up the RoXY club in Amsterdam, laying the groundwork for the current Dutch and Techno trends. More recently, he has written a book called “pandogen” from the perspective of a fashion model – a fictional work. Van Bellen explains: “success and fame bring happiness, but on the holy grail she lost her friends and herself. “It could also happen to DJS, and in fact a DJ in my book is a nightmare in my mirror.

Haven had earlier talked about his health concerns, leading to my excessive DJ, and DJBroadcast caught up with the influential Dutch DJ, who viewed his views as a whole.

“I know those DJS who are anxious and frustrated, and he even gets paranoid at clubs or music festivals,” he explained. “But most of them will wave their hands, and when they go back to the DJ booth, nothing is wrong.” Is it a sign of negation, or a DJ’s reluctance to make this sense of enjoying a good time is actually a fallacy?

In addition to the regular Rauw night at Trouw in Amsterdam, van Bellon hosts two or three performances a week. He had done a lot of things that had an impact on his mental health.

“I’ve been there, and I see things that are not there because of the fatigue and the lighting effect in the club. I had trouble breathing, breathing too much, and seeing the world around me spinning like a merry-go-round. ”

So if that happens, why is there such a taboo? “You may feel like shit, but you always have to be happy and pretend to be a great party,” he said. In a sense, a DJ becomes an actor, pretending that everything is fine. Until then, it all became very bad.

Pretend to be

Jeremy Caulfield recently entered semi-retirement. Canadian DJ, producer and record company owner moved to Berlin from Toronto a few years ago, after becoming a force in his technology research institute and technology DJ. His brand, Dumb-Unit, was founded at the turn of the century, attracting the attention of people like butane and mike shannon.

But he called him recently after becoming a father, and he was with his wife and brother-in-law, in addition to the management of a new Berlin cafe and bar. He could see that it would not be good for him to continue such a thing. He now chooses to focus on becoming a father and taking care of his business – he still makes reservations occasionally, but only for the right reasons, and he starts as a DJ.

Fans of caulfield may have seen it. In his 2009 post as resident adviser, Mr Cowfield said he was increasingly tired of international tour.

“A few years before my first visit, I was delighted to be in Europe, to visit these sites and to participate in cultural events. But lately I have no curiosity. My TV intake began to rise, and earlier I was eating salted peanuts and saw a city including a preview tour to a hotel bar. The original luster had disappeared.

Now, caulfield looks back at the rat race from an objective point of view. “I’m not going to say I’m crazy, but I can see it’s pulling me out,” calfield explained. “Although I am sorry that I did not perform my duties, I am glad that I have finished the work – although I have entered a more intense state.”

“You are sort of anti-social, because you have to keep the role.”

When we discuss his experience, the conversation inevitably leads to the “loss of self-awareness” described by villareal. He said: “I think, after a period of time, you to some extent become antisocial, because you have to keep this character,” he said, when meeting with people constantly need “DJ behavior”.

“When I retired, I took all my [social] accounts,” he continued. “At a narcissistic level, this is an epidemic, so it’s one of the best things for my health to pull my Facebook account as a real personal defense.

“Narcissism is intertwined. As a DJ, you are projecting yourself into a young crowd, when you start out of this world, you can’t trust your instinct, what is good and what is good, it’s time to give up a little.

When, after you promote yourself and talk about your work, do you really start to believe the hype you’ve created about yourself? Social media will only inflate the DJ’s ego. While I was talking to Caulfield, the DJ had very few interesting things to say.

Wildcard brand

Bill Hicks (Wild Card Bill Hicks) once said: “I hope my rock star death”, and because of our close relationship with celebrities and media, we really want to see our idol is hurt. When our favorite musicians clean up, there is a collective “sigh” because we worry that music quality may be affected. Or when we read that the DJ we worship doesn’t drink, we give up our shoulders. How can we connect with someone who is not as corrupt as we are?

We are always attracted by the eccentric naturally, SvenVaths, Squarepushers, deadmau5s – in this world. Some of these CARDS may not have the best grasp, but again, this is why their art is so big. “You don’t have to be a mental health artist,” Caulfield explains. “Just make sure it doesn’t hurt or hurt anyone around you.” Corfield referred to Denny Tenaglia’s “subdivision” in 2012, where he resigned from the DJ on social media. In the online growl, American athletes complain about how poor he is (” many people think I’m rich, but I’m sure I’m not) “and he plans to move out of his New York loft. Of course, that didn’t happen. His resignation was short-lived, but there; A glitch through the Internet – everyone can see it.


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